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Jun 17, 2021



Some brokers began leaving Kinzer Partners last year, as the pandemic reached its peak and brokerage activities ground to a near halt. Now the firm namesake and widely respected industry veteran Craig Kinzer will leave the company he founded in 1992, though with a 12-month transition, which will continue to fly the Kinzer flag with a staff of about nine. To repeat: That firm isn't going away. Kinzer himself will now move to CBRE, and the latter's John R. Miller said in a statement, “Few brokers in our industry today have had a greater impact on Seattle's skyline than Craig. For decades, he's helped organizations understand how real estate can help achieve their greater business objectives.” Kinzer will join the advisory and transaction services team. He said in a statement, “More than ever before, cutting-edge research and workplace strategy are critical to clients today, and CBRE's platform is the best in the industry. I'm thrilled to join an international company of CBRE's stature.” Kinzer Partners recently moved from the Butcher's Table building, soon to have a new high rise built over it, to Skanska's 2+U.

Shoemaker joins M&M

Marcus & Millichap recently announced four national hires. One addition is to the Seattle office: Drit Shoemaker, who makes the move from Trident Real Estate Ventures, which he founded. His new role will be as senior director in M&M's capital markets financing arm. Evan Denner, Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation (MMCC), said in a statement regarding the entire quartet, “Bringing select, senior-level origination professionals to our growing roster of capital markets professionals is an essential component of MMCC's continuing evolution. The momentum created by our long-term strategic growth plan has enhanced our ability to attract accomplished capital markets professionals.” The firm says that, in the first quarter of this year, it closed 487 transactions valued at $1.6 billion in 42 states, with 178 capital sources.



Andrea Lerum has joined JLL, the firm recently announced. She makes the move from West Coast Commercial Realty. JLL says she'll work exclusively with “a Seattle-based Fortune 500 tech company,” which wasn't named. JLL's Joe Smurdon said in a statement, “Andrea's strong background in property management and retail leasing will really make a tremendous impact on our clients, and we are thrilled to have her join our team.” She added, “In a rapidly evolving retail environment with no shortage of opportunities, Seattle is uniquely poised for a tremendous post-pandemic comeback, and I look forward to getting started.”

Rise makes $28M buy near Portland

Rise Properties Trust, a Canadian multifamily REIT with a Seattle office, has announced a recent 108-unit multifamily acquisition in Portland. Rise paid $28.2 million for the Preserve at Sunnyside Apartments, which are about 12 miles southeast of Portland, in the Happy Valley area east of Interstate 205. The complex is also about a five-minute drive to the Max Green Line stop at Clackamas Town Center. Rise says the garden apartments date to 1991. Renovations are planned. The purchase now gives Rise about 5,000 units in the Pacific Northwest; related arm Thrive Communities will manage the apartments. Beau Madsen said in a statement, “Rise is thrilled to continue our investment in the dynamic Portland metro area, particularly in desirable suburban submarkets that feature attractive multifamily fundamentals.”

URG lands new restaurant tenant


Like many downtown eateries, RN74 closed at some point during the pandemic. The corner restaurant, at 1433 Fourth Ave. in the Joshua Green Building, will soon have a new tenant in the form of Bourbon Steak, the seventh location for that brand. Urban Renaissance Group, which is majority owned by Joshua Green Corp., recently announced the news. The restaurant will open this fall after some renovations, with the contractor and architect still TBD. The restaurant will be the latest creation of chef and restaurateur Michael Mina, who said in a statement, “Bourbon Steak is such a meaningful concept to me and the Mina Group family. I was raised outside of Seattle, and am firmly invested in the next iteration of the downtown area. I wanted to bring an experience that is as close to home for me as Seattle is!” Mina was born in Cairo, then immigrated with his family to Ellensburg. He later found success with his eponymous Michael Mina restaurant in San Francisco. There are now about 45 restaurants worldwide under the aegis of Mina Group, which he founded in 2002 with tennis great Andre Agassi. The Bourbon Steak menu “will focus on seasonal, regional ingredients and all-natural, organic and hormone free cuts of beef tempered in herb infused butter and wood grilled to order.” Seafood is also promised.

Lane Powell


Steven Block joined Lane Powell as a shareholder in the firm's Seattle office. Block comes from Foster Garvey and has more than 35 years of experience in all modes of transportation and logistics. His practice also focuses on general commercial litigation before courts and administrative bodies across the U.S. Block is an active member, and former national president, of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals. He has been ranked a Washington Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters in the area of Transportation/Maritime since 2008.

State of Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed into law House Bill 2344, requiring manufacturers of personal care and household wipes for sale in the state to clearly label “Do Not Flush” on products not intended for disposal in the toilet. Introduced in January, this legislation received broad support from the wipes industry, as well as Oregon municipal wastewater agencies. During the pandemic, many municipalities saw an increase in volumes of inappropriately flushed baby wipes, hard surface cleaning/sanitizing wipes and other items not intended to be disposed via the toilet. Similar legislation has passed in Washington state, is currently under review in California and is awaiting the governor's signature in Illinois.


Remitly, a mobile-first provider of remittances and financial services for immigrants, announced that Robert Kaskel has joined the company in its newest leadership position — executive vice president of people. In addition to Kaskel's hire, Remitly also appointed Margaret Smyth to its board of directors. Smyth is the chief financial officer for National Grid, US, one of the world's largest investor-owned energy companies. Kaskel brings nearly 20 years of experience in human resources to Remitly, having held leadership roles with some of the nation's biggest technology companies. Most recently, Kaskel was the HR director for Finance and Global Business Services at Amazon. Prior to Amazon, Kaskel worked for Microsoft and Mattel in various human resources and organizational development positions. Established in 2011 and headquartered in Seattle, Remitly operates from numerous offices around the world.

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